March 2, 2017
February 28, 2017
Change is inevitable. Churches today routinely face declines in membership and finances. Add to such challenges the departure of a pastor and tensions over ongoing difficulties may ratchet up, according to the Center for Congregational Health in Winston-Salem, N.C.
“A pastoral transition is a critical, but potentially fruitful, time for a church,” explains Rev. Dr. Patricia Hernandez, the national director for Transition Ministries for American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA).
February 27, 2017
- Alarming Uptick in anti-Semitic Threats and Attacks Demands Action
B'nai B'rith calls for the U.S. Justice Department to appoint a special coordinator on domestic anti-Semitism. This official would focus the Department's efforts to monitor anti-Semitic hate crimes and pursue those responsible. He or she would also cooperate with officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security in their...
February 24, 2017
February 23, 2017
- Archbishop Michael with attendees at 2015 Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black Conference.
His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey will head the lineup of speakers at the 24th annual conference of the Brotherhood of Saint Moses the Black October 6-8, 2017.
The conference, titled “Closer to Christ, Closer to Each Other”, will be held at the Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow Church...
February 22, 2017
February 21, 2017
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/21/17)—Virginia Holmstrom, executive director of American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABWM), has announced her planned retirement next year on March 1, 2018. ABWM President Angel Sullivan has appointed a Search Committee, which hopes to hire a new Executive Director for the organization by late 2017.
Holmstrom has served in the role of executive director of ABWM, based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, since August 2001. Prior to this, she was...
A UCC congregation in western New York with a long–time commitment to social justice becomes a sanctuary church to shelter vulnerable individuals, just as it did during WWII.